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Meaning of “unless” in the English Dictionary

"unless" in British English

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unlessconjunction

uk   us   /ənˈles/
B1 except if: You can't get a ​job unless you have ​experience (= you can only get a ​job if you have ​experience). Unless you ​call me to say you're not coming, I'll ​see you at the ​theatre (= I will ​see you there if you do not ​call to say you are not coming).

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(Definition of unless from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unless" in American English

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unlessconjunction

 us   /ənˌles/
used to say what will or will not ​happen if something ​else does not ​happen or is not ​true; except if: She won’t go unless you go (= If you do not go, she will not go either, but if you go, she will go). You can’t get a ​job unless you’ve got the ​experience (= You can only get a ​job if you have ​experience).
(Definition of unless from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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